|Bill Gross on new energy - TED.com|
Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; energy; invention; technology; TED2003; 2003
|Don Norman on 3 ways good design makes you happy - TED.com|
In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; creativity; design; happiness; 2003
|Vik Muniz makes art with wire, sugar - TED.com|
Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; art; creativity; design; illusion; 2003
|Sherwin Nuland on hope - TED.com|
Surgeon and writer Sherwin Nuland meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; philanthropy; philosophy; writing; 2003
|David Carson on design + discovery - TED.com|
Great design is a never-ending journey of discovery -- for which it helps to pack a healthy sense of humor. Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; design; exploration; humor; photography; 2003
|Steven Johnson on the Web as a city - TED.com|
Outside.in's Steven Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; cities; communication; community; design; global issues; politics; web; 2003
|George Dyson at the birth of the computer - TED.com|
Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; computers; engineering; history; library; military; science; software; technology; 2003
|Deborah Gordon digs ants - TED.com|
With a dusty backhoe, a handful of Japanese paint markers and a few students in tow, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert in search of keys to understanding complex systems.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Featured; ants; biology; collaboration; design; science; TED2003; 2003
|Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen - TED.com|
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; Featured; arts; creativity; entertainment; live music; music; performance; 2003
|Freeman Dyson says: let's look for life in the outer solar system - TED.com|
Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like -- and how we might find it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; astronomy; biotech; exploration; physics; science; technology; universe; 2003
|Jeff Hawkins on how brain science will change computing - TED.com|
Treo creator Jeff Hawkins urges us to take a new look at the brain -- to see it not as a fast processor, but as a memory system that stores and plays back experiences to help us predict, intelligently, what will happen next.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; AI; brain; cognitive science; computers; intelligence; memory; science; technology; 2003
|Jared Diamond on why societies collapse - TED.com|
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; environment; global issues; history; social change; society; technology; TED2003; 2003
|Kristen Ashburn's photos of AIDS - TED.com|
In this moving talk, documentary photographer Kristen Ashburn shares unforgettable images of the human impact of AIDS in Africa.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; AIDS; Africa; activism; disease; global issues; health; media; photography; science; 2003
|Reed Kroloff on modern and romantic architecture - TED.com|
Reed Kroloff gives us a new lens for judging new architecture: is it modern, or is it romantic? Look for glorious images from two leading practices -- and a blistering critique of the 9/11 planning process.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; architecture; art; business; design; humor; 2003
|Dan Dennett on our consciousness - TED.com|
Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; brain; consciousness; culture; entertainment; illusion; self; visualizations; 2003
|James Burchfield plays (invisible) turntables - TED.com|
Human beatbox James "AudioPoet" Burchfield performs an intricate three-minute breakdown -- sexy, propulsive hip-hop rhythms and turntable textures -- all using only his voice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; illusion; live music; music; performance; 2003
|Tom Shannon's anti-gravity sculpture - TED.com|
Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture -- made of simple, earthly materials -- that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It's science-inspired art at its most heavenly.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; TED Prize; art; arts; design; engineering; space; 2003
|Noah Feldman says politics and religion are technologies - TED.com|
Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; religion; social change; society; war; 2003
|Paul MacCready flies on solar wings - TED.com|
Paul MacCready -- aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight -- talks about his long career.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; alternative energy; business; design; energy; flight; invention; technology; 2003
|Rodney Brooks says robots will invade our lives - TED.com|
In this prophetic talk from 2003, roboticist Rodney Brooks talks about how robots are going to work their way into our lives -- starting with toys and moving into household chores ... and beyond.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; design; humanity; intelligence; robots; singularity; technology; 2003
|Juan Enriquez on genomics and our future - TED.com|
Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; DNA; biotech; business; culture; genetics; invention; science; technology; tedbooks; transhuman; 2003
|Seth Godin on standing out - TED.com|
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; business; choice; culture; marketing; shopping; storytelling; 2003
|Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures - TED.com|
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; anthropology; culture; environment; film; global issues; language; photography; 2003
|MacMaster + Leahy play the fiddle - TED.com|
Natalie MacMaster and her musical partner Donnell Leahy play several tunes from the Cape Breton tradition -- a sprightly, soulful style of folk fiddling. It's an inspired collaboration that will have you clapping (and maybe dancing) along.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; arts; collaboration; culture; entertainment; music; piano; violin; 2003
|Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human - TED.com|
In this prophetic 2003 talk -- just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed -- biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful (and controversial) technologies, like customizable babies, whose adoption might drive human evolution.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; biology; biotech; children; evolution; genetics; science; technology; 2003
|Marvin Minsky on health and the human mind - TED.com|
Listen closely -- Marvin Minsky's arch, eclectic, charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation and the human mind is packed with subtlety: wit, wisdom and just an ounce of wily, is-he-joking? advice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; brain; health; humanity; humor; politics; science; technology; 2003
|Jeff Bezos on the next web innovation - TED.com|
The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos says it’s more like the early days of the electric industry.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; United States; business; entrepreneur; history; innovation; invention; technology; web; 2003
|Torsten Reil builds better animations - TED.com|
Torsten Reil talks about how the study of biology can help make natural-looking animated people -- by building a human from the inside out, with bones, muscles and a nervous system. He spoke at TED in 2003; see his work now in GTA4.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; animals; biomechanics; demo; design; entertainment; gaming; technology; 2003
|Steven Pinker chalks it up to the blank slate - TED.com|
Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; brain; children; culture; language; psychology; science; TED2003; 2003
|Lee Smolin on science and democracy - TED.com|
Physicist Lee Smolin talks about how the scientific community works: as he puts it, "we fight and argue as hard as we can," but everyone accepts that the next generation of scientists will decide who's right. And, he says, that's how democracy works, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; community; global issues; physics; politics; science; social change; 2003
|Tierney Thys swims with the giant sunfish - TED.com|
Marine biologist Tierney Thys asks us to step into the water to visit the world of the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish. Basking, eating jellyfish and getting massages, this behemoth offers clues to life in the open sea.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; Featured; animals; biodiversity; climate change; environment; fish; global issues; oceans; science; technology; 2003
|Sherwin Nuland on electroshock therapy - TED.com|
Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression -- including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; brain; culture; health care; illness; medicine; science; technology; 2001
|Eddi Reader on "What You've Got" - TED.com|
Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; Featured; arts; composing; entertainment; guitar; music; performance art; piano; potential; short talk; vocals; 2004
|Eddi Reader sings "Kiteflyer's Hill" - TED.com|
Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "Kiteflyer's Hill," a tender look back at a lost love. With Thomas Dolby on piano.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; Featured; arts; composing; entertainment; guitar; memory; music; performance; piano; short talk; 2004